Northeastern North Carolina’s steady breezes are now ruffling more than soybeans in Elizabeth City. Known for its rich agricultural history, celebrated annually at the North Carolina Potato Festival on May 19-21, the Elizabeth City area is home to the State’s first wind farm. Our latest crop has caused quite a stir, which you may have read about in Our State’s March Off-Road feature.
The 104 wind turbines, each almost 500 feet high, are located on scenic Highway 17. While the farm is located on private property, we invite you to pull off the road and snap a photo or video. However, be mindful of traffic! Tag your photos and posts with #DiscoverECity as we will be sharing our favorites on our social media channels. We love this video by Instagrammer @overland_xj.
It’s Windmill Wednesday again! 😂 This video was inspired by Will @forgeoverland after his “1.21 Gigawatts” caption on a pic of my XJ that he featured. This Wind Farm full of Flux Capacitors is quite majestic and the Acoustic Guitar playing the Back to The Future theme seems appropriate! 😎 #overlandxj . Song: “Back to the Future” by Alan Silvestri . . . #discoverecity #backtothefuture #fluxcapacitor #windmill #windfarm #renewableenergy #michaeljfox #80s #jeep #jeepcherokee #explore #adventuremobile #overland #overlanding #overlander #travel #traveling #travelgram #travelphotography #wanderlust #adventure #adventuretime #adventurer #lifeofadventure #outdoors @overland_jeeps @jeepbeef @jeep @thejeepcalledyeti @jeeps.are.life @cherokeebloodxj @jeeppage @msoverland @overland_kitted @blueridgeoverlandgear @earthboundoverland
If you are interested in scheduling a group tour of the farm, please contact the Elizabeth City Area Visitors Center at 252.335.5330 to learn how.
The wind farm is one of many experiences you can have in the Elizabeth City area. Visit our historic downtown to learn more about the Wright Brother’s time in Elizabeth City by following along our aviation trail. Information about the trail is available at the Visitors Center located within the Museum of the Albemarle.
While you are in the area, visit one of our independent restaurants, such as Bryon’s Hot Dog Stand where you can order one of their specialty dogs and more. Tip: Their pimento cheese sandwiches are mouth watering.
Be sure to explore our Elizabeth City dining guide for other eateries in the area. Wishing you safe and happy travels!